“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lafayette County, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Lafayette County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lafayette County, MS (26) Calhoun County, MS (4) Marshall County, MS (28) Panola County, MS (10) Pontotoc County, MS (27) Tate County, MS (7) Union County, MS (12) Yalobusha County, MS (7)  LafayetteCounty(26) Lafayette County (26)  CalhounCounty(4) Calhoun County (4)  MarshallCounty(28) Marshall County (28)  PanolaCounty(10) Panola County (10)  PontotocCounty(27) Pontotoc County (27)  TateCounty(7) Tate County (7)  UnionCounty(12) Union County (12)  YalobushaCounty(7) Yalobusha County (7)
Oxford is the county seat for Lafayette County
Adjacent to Lafayette County, Mississippi
      Calhoun County (4)  
      Marshall County (28)  
      Panola County (10)  
      Pontotoc County (27)  
      Tate County (7)  
      Union County (12)  
      Yalobusha County (7)  
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1Mississippi, Lafayette County, Abbeville — Tallahatchie River Defense Line
On County Route 7, 1 mile north of Road 244, on the right when traveling south.
Following their defeat in the battle of Corinth, Confederate forces, now under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, established a line of defense on the Tallahatchie River in November 1862. Union Gen. U.S. Grant, moving down the Mississippi Central Railroad, . . . Map (db m102633) HM
2Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Buckner-Craig-Isom Cemetery
On Old Taylor Road (County Road 303) south of County Route 3062, on the right when traveling south.
Buried here between 1837 and 1865 are early settlers of Lafayette Co. Among these is the grave of John J. Craig, purchaser of the Indian lands that are now Lafayette Co. and donor of the site of Oxford.Map (db m102979) HM
3Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Burns "Belfry" Church
On East Jackson Avenue (Mississippi Route 314) east of Martin Luther King Jr Drive, on the right when traveling east.
Site of Oxford's first African American church, organized by former slaves in 1869-70. First called Sewell Chapel. In 1900, the church was renamed Burns Methodist Episcopal Church. The original wooden building was replaced in 1910 by the present . . . Map (db m102880) HM
4Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Freedmen Town
On Martin Luther King Jr Drive at East Jackson Avenue (State Route 314), on the right when traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr Drive.
After the Civil War, many freedmen from Lafayette County moved into Oxford; settled in the area bounded by Jackson Avenue, Price Street, the railroad and 9th Street; bought land, built houses, schools and churches; and exercised the rights and . . . Map (db m102881) HM
5Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Jacob Thompson's "Home Place"
On Old Taylor Road west of South 10th Street, on the left when traveling west.
The mansion ca. 1853 located on this site was burned by Union troops in 1864. Two original outbuildings are included in the present house, built in 1869. Jacob Thompson (1810-1885), a native of North Carolina, moved to Pontotoc, Mississippi, in . . . Map (db m102991) HM
6Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — L. Q. C. Lamar House
On North 14th Street north of Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
Home of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar from 1868 to 1888. Lamar was an educator at the University of Mississippi; a colonel, 19th Miss. Inf., CSA; a U.S. congressman; senator; Secretary of the Interior; and an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme . . . Map (db m102883) HM
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7Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Lafayette County Confederate Monument
On Courthouse Square at South Lamar Boulevard, on the left when traveling east on Courthouse Square.
Front In Memory of The Patriotism of the Confederate Soldiers Of Lafayette County, Mississippi. ______ They Gave Their Lives In A Just and Holy Cause. Erected 1907 Left side (West) A . . . Map (db m102994) WM
8Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Lafayette County Courthouse
On East Jackson Avenue at Courthouse Square, on the left when traveling west on East Jackson Avenue.
The original courthouse was burned in August 1864 by Union Troops led by Gen. A. J. Smith. Judge R. A. Hill secured Federal funds to construct the present courthouse which was completed and occupied in January 1872.Map (db m102877) HM
9Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Mississippi Central R.R. Campaign
On East Jackson Avenue (Mississippi Route 314) west of North 9th Street, on the right when traveling west.
On December 2, 1862, as the Confederates fell back to the Yalobusha River, Union Gen. U.S. Grant moved his headquarters from Waterford to Abbeville. On the 4th, he moved to Oxford, while his advance crossed the Yocona River. W.T. . . . Map (db m102879) HM
10Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Oxford
On Courthouse Square at East Jackson Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Courthouse Square.
Chartered in 1836 on Chickasaw cession land, Oxford was named for the university town in England and became home to the University of Mississippi in 1848. During the Civil War, Generals Grant and Sherman met in Oxford (1862), and the Square and many . . . Map (db m102878) HM
11Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — 143 — Oxford & Lafayette County Blues
On East Jackson Street at Courthouse Square, on the left when traveling west on East Jackson Street.
Front Lafayette County’s blues history has encompassed a wide range of activity by scholars, promoters, record companies, and musicians. The nightlife of Oxford has welcomed both local performers and national touring acts. The most . . . Map (db m102876) HM
12Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Oxford Cemetery
On North Lamar Boulevard at Jefferson Avenue on North Lamar Boulevard.
E. 3 blocks. Here are buried L. Q. C. Lamar, statesman; A.B. Longstreet, author, educator; Wm. Delay, veteran of 3 wars; Sarah McG. Isom, first southern university faculty woman; & I.D. Isom; first white settler in county.Map (db m102682) HM
13Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Rowan Oak
On Old Taylor Road west of South 10th Street, on the right when traveling west.
Built c. 1848. From 1930 to 1962 home of novelist William Faulkner, who named it for the rowan tree, symbol of security and peace. Now maintained as a literary landmark by the University of Mississippi.Map (db m102988) HM
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14Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — The Oxford-University Depot
On Depot Street at Van Buren Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Depot Street.
Built in 1872 by the Mississippi Central R.R. (later part of the Illinois Central line), this depot replaced an earlier structure burned during the Civil War. For many years, the depot was a hub of activity for the town and the University of . . . Map (db m102679) HM
15Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — William Faulkner
On North 16th Street, 0.2 miles north of Jefferson Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
The creator of Yoknapatawpha County, whose stories about his people won him the Nobel Prize, is buried twenty steps east of this marker.Map (db m102882) HM
16Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — "Dead House"
On Sorority Row north of Grove Loop, on the right when traveling north.
Originally built for use as magnetic observatory. Used as Confederate morgue after Battle of Shiloh in April, 1862. Also used by Gen. U.S. Grant in fall of 1862 and later by forces of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest.Map (db m102673) HM
17Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Barnard Observatory
On Sorority Row at Student Union Drive on Sorority Row.
Built 1857-59 by Chancellor F.A.P. Barnard, the Observatory housed the Physics and Astronomy Department until 1939 and was the home of chancellors until 1971. The West Wing, called McCain Hall, was used by the NROTC, 1947-89. The Observatory was . . . Map (db m102769) HM
18Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Civil Rights MonumentJames Meredith
Near Library Lane west of University Circle.
James H. Meredith, a Mississippi native of Kosciusko, stepped into the pages of history on October 1, 1962 when he opened the doors to higher education at the University of Mississippi and in the South. As a major figure in the . . . Map (db m102888) HM
19Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — 62 — Documenting the Blues
On Sorority Row north of Student Union Drive, on the right when traveling south.
Front The University of Mississippi is internationally famous for its work in documenting and preserving African American blues culture. In 1983 the Center for the Study of Southern Culture acquired Living Blues magazine, which . . . Map (db m102770) HM
20Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Lyceum — The Circle Historic District
On University Circle at University Avenue, on the left when traveling west on University Circle.
Lyceum — The Circle Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark This district possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America . . . Map (db m103003) HM
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21Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Society Of Professional Journalists Historic Site in JournalismThe University of Mississippi
On Sorority Row north of Grove Loop.
Agence France-Presse journalist Paul Guihard was one of more than 300 journalists who watched the chaos surrounding the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi. He was murdered on campus near the student union around 9 P.M., . . . Map (db m102889) HM
22Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — The Lyceum
On University Circle at Library Lane, on the right when traveling south on University Circle.
The Lyceum, which opened for the first University of Mississippi class in 1848, symbolizes the origins, endurance, and triumphs of higher education in Mississippi. During the Civil War, the building served as a hospital for Union and Confederate . . . Map (db m102753) HM
23Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — The Old Chapel
On University Circle, 0.2 miles west of Grove Loop, on the right when traveling west.
The Old Chapel was originally constructed in 1853 as a dormitory. Its design was later modified to include a large hall for student assemblies, commencement exercises, and meeting rooms for literary societies and student organizations. During the . . . Map (db m102675) HM
24Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — To Our Confederate Dead1861-1865
On University Avenue at University Circle, on the left when traveling west on University Avenue.
Front To Our Confederate Dead 1861-1865, Left side They fell devoted, but undying; The very gale their names seem'd sighing: The waters murmur'd of their name; The woods were peopled . . . Map (db m102996) WM
25Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — 7 — University of Mississippi — Mississippi Freedom Trail —
Near Galtney-Lott Plaza west of University Circle.
Front On October 1, 1962, James Meredith broke the rigid segregation in Mississippi's higher education when he became the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Though federal courts had ordered his admission, . . . Map (db m102580) HM
26Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Ventress Hall
On University Circle, 0.2 miles west of Grove Loop, on the right when traveling west.
Constructed in 1889 at a cost of $35,000, this Romanesque Revival-style building served as the University's first library. Renamed in honor of James Alexander Ventress in 1985, this building has also served as the School of Law (1911-1929), State . . . Map (db m102677) HM
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Mar. 20, 2023